A fraudster has been sentenced to two years in prison following an investigation involving officers from Gloucestershire, Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Kent and the Metropolitan Police.

David Broad, age 31 and of North Road in Banwell, Somerset was convicted at Bristol Crown Court last Friday where he was also ordered to pay a £170 victim surcharge.

He was sentenced after pleading guilty to 38 offences which had taken place in numerous towns and cities across the south of England, the offences included burglary, fraud, theft, and the handling of stolen goods.

Broad also asked for a further 35 offences to be taken into consideration.

11 of the offences took place in Gloucestershire between March and June of last year, these included two counts of fraud by false representation, two counts of burglary from a business or community, five counts of theft from a person and two counts of theft from a shop.

Police issued CCTV images in connection with a number of these incidents last March and it later came to light that we weren’t the only force who were attempting to identify Broad and he was arrested by Avon and Somerset Police last June.

DS Simon Shaw, the officer in the case for the Gloucestershire offences said: “David Broad is a convincing fraudster who took advantage of people’s trust to steal from them.

“He did this in a systematic way over a sustained period of time and victimised a lot of people. I would like to thank all the victims and witnesses who came forward and provided evidence to support the investigation.”

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